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1982 World Rally Championship
World Drivers' Champion:
Walter Röhrl
World Manufacturers' Champion:
Audi
Previous: 1981 Next: 1983

The 1982 World Rally Championship was the tenth season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC). The season consisted of 12 rallies. By this time, the schedule format had become generally stable, with only one or two changes to venues year to year. 1982 marked the return of New Zealand to the schedule in place of Argentina's Rally Codasur.

1982 was marked by the dominance of the Germans, with two German manufacturers, Audi and Opel, taking first and second in the manufacturer's title race, while Opel's driver, German Walter Röhrl, seized the driver's title. Top Audi pilots Michèle Mouton and Hannu Mikkola took second and third in the drivers' race, but their combined efforts were enough to put Audi over the top for the work's cup. Mouton's finish is the best by a female driver to this day.

As with previous seasons, while all 12 events were calculated for tallying the drivers' scores, only 10 of the events applied to the championship for manufacturers. The two events in 1982 which applied only to driver standings were Sweden and the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire. Röhrl's strong performance in both of these rallies would have improved Opel's bid for a world title had they counted for manufacturers as well as drivers.

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Teams and driversEdit

Team Constructor Car Drivers Rounds
  Audi Sport Audi Audi Quattro   Hannu Mikkola 1–3, 5–12
  Michèle Mouton 1–3, 5–12
  Michele Cinotto 1, 6, 10
  Stig Blomqvist 2, 9–10
  Franz Wittmann 3, 5, 10
  Harald Demuth 10, 12
  Malcolm Wilson 12
  Rothmans Opel Rally Team Opel Opel Ascona 400   Walter Röhrl 1–8, 10–11
  Jochi Kleint 1, 5, 12
  Guy Colsoul 1
  Björn Johansson 2, 9, 11–12
  Henri Toivonen 3, 6, 9–10, 12
  Rauno Aaltonen 4
  Jimmy McRae 6, 12
  Ari Vatanen 12
  Charles Pozzi Ferrari Ferrari 308 GTB   Jean-Claude Andruet 1, 5
  Guy Chasseuil 5
  Tonino Tognana 10
  Porsche Alméras Porsche Porsche 911 SC   Guy Fréquelin 1, 5
  Björn Waldegård 1
  Jean-Luc Thérier 1, 3
  Sandro Munari 4
  Bernard Béguin 5
  Francis Vincent 5
  Jacques Alméras 5
  Per Eklund 9
  Renault Sport Renault Renault 5 Turbo   Bruno Saby 1, 5, 11
  Jean-Luc Thérier 5
  Jean Ragnotti 5, 11
  Citroën Competition Citroën Citroën Visa   Alain Coppier 1, 3, 5–6, 9, 12
  Christian Dorche 1–3, 5–6, 10, 12
  Christian Rio 5
  Maurice Chomat 5
  Team Ralliart Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Lancer 2000 Turbo   Lars Carlsson 1
  André Jetten 1
  Pentti Airikkala 9, 12
  Anders Kulläng 9–10, 12
  David Sutton Motorsport Ford Ford Escort RS 1800   Ari Vatanen 2, 9
  Lasse Lampi 2, 9
  Harri Toivonen 9, 12
  Toyota Team Europe Toyota Toyota Celica 2000 GT   Leif Asterhag 2, 12
  Björn Waldegård 3, 7, 11–12
  Per Eklund 3, 7, 11–12
  Samir Assef 11
  Ove Andersson 11
  Team Nissan Europe Nissan Nissan Violet GTS   Timo Salonen 3–4, 6–7, 9, 12
  Tony Pond 3–4, 6–7
  Shekhar Mehta 4, 6–8
  Mike Kirkland 4
  Jayant Shah 4
  George Moschous 6
  Erkki Pitkänen 9, 12
  Peter Geitel 9, 12
  Andy Dawson 12
  Martini Lancia Lancia Lancia Rally 037   Attilio Bettega 5
  Markku Alén 5–6, 9–10, 12
  Adartico Vudafieri 6, 11
  Fabrizio Tabaton 10
  Blydenstein Racing Vauxhall Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HSR   Russell Brookes 9, 12
  Tony Pond 12
  Terry Kaby 12
  George Hill 12
  Russell Gooding 12

Championship for manufacturersEdit

1982 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers
Rank Manufacturers Event Total
points
 
MON
 
POR
 
KEN
 
FRA
 
GRC
 
NZL
 
BRA
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
GBR
1   Audi 16 18 (6) 18 10 18 18 18 116
2   Opel 18 (12) 16 12 16 14 (9) 14 14 104
3   Nissan 18 12 12 15 57
4   Ford 12 8 9 16 10 55
5   Toyota 16 18 7 41
6   Renault 10 18 4 2 34
7   Porsche 14 14 28
8   Mitsubishi 8 14 6 28
9   Lancia 10 15 25
10   Talbot 13 11 24
11   Citroën 14 9 23
12   Vauxhall 10 9 19
13   Ferrari 16 16
14   Mazda 14 14
  Volkswagen 14 14
16   British Leyland Cars 12 12
17   Subaru 10 10
18   Fiat 6 6
1982 World Rally Championship point awards for manufacturers
Overall
finish
Group finish
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 18
2 17 16
3 16 15 14
4 15 14 13 12
5 14 13 12 11 10
6 13 12 11 10 9 8
7 12 11 10 9 8 7 6
8 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4
9 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

Championship for driversEdit

1982 World Rally Championship for Drivers
Rank Driver Event Total
points
 
MON
 
SWE
 
POR
 
KEN
 
FRA
 
GRC
 
NZL
 
BRA
 
FIN
 
ITA
 
CIV
 
GBR
1   Walter Röhrl 20 12 15 (10) 15 12 15 (12) 20 109
2   Michèle Mouton 8 20 4 20 20 10 15 97
3   Hannu Mikkola 15 20 15 20 70
4   Stig Blomqvist 20 15 20 3 58
5   Per Eklund 10 15 15 15 2 57
6   Björn Waldegård 20 12 4 36
7   Henri Toivonen 12 8 12 32
8   Shekhar Mehta 20 10 30
9   Bruno Saby 8 8 10 26
10   Jean Ragnotti 20 20
11   Timo Salonen 10 10 20
12   Guy Fréquelin 10 6 16
13   Ari Vatanen 15 15
  Jean-Claude Andruet 15 15
15   Jean-Luc Thérier 12 12
  Franz Wittmann 12 12
  Mike Kirkland 12 12
  Bernard Béguin 12 12
  Domingo De Vitta 12 12
  Pentti Airikkala 12 12
21   Markku Alén 2 10 12
22   Russell Brookes 6 6 12
23   Carlos Torres 10 10
  Tony Pond 10 10
  Aparecido Rodrigues 10 10
26   Alain Coppier 8 8
  Jayant Shah 8 8
  Iórgos Moschous 8 8
  Rod Millen 8 8
  Antero Laine 8 8
  Alain Ambrosino 8 8
  Harald Demuth 8 8
33   Dany Snobeck 6 6
  Lasse Lampi 6 6
  Mário Silva 6 6
  Rob Collinge 6 6
  Jimmy McRae 6 6
  Tony Teesdale 6 6
  Michele Cinotto 6 6
  Eugène Salim 6 6
41   Jochi Kleint 4 4
  Sören Nilsson 4 4
  António Ferreira da Cunha 4 4
  Yoshinobu Takahashi 4 4
  Pavlos Moschoutis 4 4
  Jean-Louis Leyraud 4 4
  Harri Uotila 4 4
  Anders Kulläng 4 4
49   Philippe Touren 3 3
  Kalle Grundel 3 3
  Christian Dorche 3 3
  Frank Tundo 3 3
  Francis Vincent 3 3
  Leonidas 3 3
  Malcolm Stewart 3 3
  Jouni Kinnunen 3 3
  Miki Biasion 3 3
58   Jean-Pierre Ballet 2 2
  Bengt Thorsell 2 2
  Olivier Tabatoni 2 2
  Javaid Alam 2 2
  Anastasios Gemenis 2 2
  Paul Adams 2 2
  Seppo Mustonen 2 2
  Livio Lupidi 2 2
66   Jürgen Barth 1 1
  Mikael Ericsson 1 1
  Jorge Fleck 1 1
  Ramesh Khoda 1 1
  Robert Simonetti 1 1
  Fritz Heisler 1 1
  Reg Cook 1 1
  Henri Palmroos 1 1
  Vittorio Caneva 1 1
  Malcolm Wilson 1 1
1982 World Rally Championship point awards for drivers
Points awarded by finish 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
20 15 12 10 8 6 4 3 2 1

EventsEdit

1982 World Rally Championship event map
 
Black = Tarmac Brown = Gravel Blue = Snow/Ice Red = Mixed Surface
1982 World Rally Championship schedule and results
Round Rally name Stages Podium finishers
Rank Driver Co-driver Car Time
1  
Monte Carlo Rally
(16–22 January)
32 stages
753 km
Tarmac
1   Walter Röhrl   Christian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400 8:20:33
2   Hannu Mikkola   Arne Hertz Audi Quattro 8:24:22
3   Jean-Luc Thérier   Michel Vial Porsche 911 SC 8:32:38
2  
Swedish Rally[1]
(12–14 February)
25 stages
358 km
Snow/Ice
1   Stig Blomqvist   Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro 3:40:15
2   Ari Vatanen   Terry Harryman Ford Escort RS1800 3:42:51
3   Walter Röhrl   Christian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400 3:44:29
3  
Rallye de Portugal
(2–8 March)
40 stages
639 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1   Michèle Mouton   Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro 7:39:36
2   Per Eklund   Ragnar Spjuth Toyota Celica 2000GT 7:52:43
3   Franz Wittmann   Peter Diekmann Audi Quattro 8:07:25
4  
Safari Rally
(8–12 April)
83 controls
5120 km
Gravel
1   Shekhar Mehta   Mike Doughty Datsun Violet GT +4:26 pen
2   Walter Röhrl   Christian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400 +5:07 pen
3   Mike Kirkland   Anton Levitan Datsun Violet GT +6:16 pen
5  
Tour de Corse
(6–8 May)
27 stages
1176 km
Tarmac
1   Jean Ragnotti   Jean-Marc Andrié Renault 5 Turbo 14:11:19
2   Jean-Claude Andruet   'Biche' Ferrari 308 GTB 14:16:57
3   Bernard Béguin   Jean-Jacques Lenne Porsche 911 SC 14:20:11
6  
Acropolis Rally
(31 May–3 June)
56 stages
967 km
Gravel
1   Michèle Mouton   Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro 12:54:44
2   Walter Röhrl   Christian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400 13:08:23
3   Henri Toivonen   Fred Gallagher Opel Ascona 400 13:17:21
7  
Rally New Zealand
(26–29 June)
38 stages
1014 km
Gravel
1   Björn Waldegård   Hans Thorszelius Toyota Celica 2000GT 10:28:08
2   Per Eklund   Ragnar Spjuth Toyota Celica 2000GT 10:31:21
3   Walter Röhrl   Christian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400 10:33:37
8  
Rallye do Brasil
(11–14 August)
29 stages
706 km
Gravel
1   Michèle Mouton   Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro 8:16:24
2   Walter Röhrl   Christian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400 8:51:49
3   Domingo de Vitta   Daniel Muzio Ford Escort 1.6 10:15:30
9  
1000 Lakes Rally
(27–29 August)
46 stages
469 km
Gravel
1   Hannu Mikkola   Arne Hertz Audi Quattro 4:19:05
2   Stig Blomqvist   Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro 4:19:33
3   Pentti Airikkala   Juha Piironen Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo 4:23:22
10  
Rallye Sanremo
(3–8 October)
56 stages
735 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1   Stig Blomqvist   Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro 8:37:47
2   Hannu Mikkola   Arne Hertz Audi Quattro 8:40:03
3   Walter Röhrl   Christian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400 8:40:14
11  
Rallye Côte d'Ivoire[1]
(27 October–1 November)
54 controls
4995 km
Gravel
1   Walter Röhrl   Christian Geistdörfer Opel Ascona 400 +8:43 pen
2   Per Eklund   Ragnar Spjuth Toyota Celica 2000GT +10:17 pen
3   Björn Waldegård   Hans Thorszelius Toyota Celica 2000GT +11:00 pen
12  
RAC Rally
(21–25 November)
68 stages
716 km
Gravel/Tarmac
1   Hannu Mikkola   Arne Hertz Audi Quattro 8:01:46
2   Michèle Mouton   Fabrizia Pons Audi Quattro 8:06:03
3   Henri Toivonen   Fred Gallagher Opel Ascona 400 8:06:12
  1. ^ a b Event not included in the Manufacturers' Championship

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